Department of Language and Culture emelie.c.jonsson@uit.no +4777646459 Tromsø SVHUM A 3009

Emelie Jonsson

Assistant Professor, English literature

Job description

Emelie Jonsson is assistant professor of English literature at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Her research centers on the friction between human psychology and naturalistic cosmology. She has published evolutionary interpretive arguments on a number of authors, including E. M. Forster, H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Joseph Conrad, as well as collaborated on quantitative projects concerning intellectual history, biocultural theory, and poetic archetypes reflecting mating strategies. She is an associate editor of the journal Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture. 

Publications outside Cristin


Jonsson, Emelie. The Early Evolutionary Imagination: Literature and Human Nature. Palgrave Macmillan: 2021.


Edited Book

2020. Carroll, Joseph, Mathias Clasen and Emelie Jonsson. Evolutionary Perspectives on Imaginative Culture. Springer. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030461898


Articles and Chapters

2020 (forthcoming). Jonsson, Emelie. “The Old Tune: English Professors on the History of Science.” Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture 4.2.

2020 (forthcoming). Jonsson, Emelie. “Evolutionary Literary Theory.” In The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology by Todd K. Shackelford.

2020. Jonsson, Emelie. “Heart of Darkness: Joseph Conrad’s Confrontation with Amoral Nature.“ In Carroll, Joseph, Mathias Clasen, and Emelie Jonsson. Evolutionary Perspectives on Imaginative Culture. Springer. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030461898

2019. Jonsson, Emelie. “Dystopia and Utopia After Darwin: Using Evolution to Explain Edward Bulwer Lytton’s The Coming Race” In Joseph Trotta, Zlatan Filipovic, and Houman Sadri. Broken Mirrors: Representations of Apocalypses and Dystopias in Popular Culture. New York: Routledge, https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429280634 pp: 74-89.

2019. Kruger, Daniel and Emelie Jonsson. “The Viking and the Farmer: Alternative Male Life Histories Portrayed in the Romantic Poetry of Erik Gustaf Geijer.” Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture. 3: 2 (2019), 17-38.

2018. Jonsson, Emelie. “T. H. Huxley, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Impact of Evolution on the Human Self-Narrative.” Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture. 2: 1 (2018), 59-73.

2017. Carroll, Joseph, John Johnson, Catherine Salmon, Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen, Mathias Clasen, Emelie Jonsson. “A Cross-Disciplinary Survey of Beliefs about Human Nature, Culture, and Science.” Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture. 1: 1 (2017), 1-32.

2017. Carroll, Joseph, Mathias Clasen, Emelie Jonsson, Alexandra Regina Kratschmer, Luseadra McKerracher, Felix Riede, Jens-Christian Svenning, Peter C. Kjaergaard. “Biocultural Theory: The Current State of Knowledge.” Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. 11: 1 (2017), 1-15.

2013. Jonsson, Emelie. “The Human Species and the Good Gripping Dreams of H. G. Wells.” Style. 47: 3 (2013), 296-315.

2012. Jonsson, Emelie. ”’Man is the Measure’: Forster’s Evolutionary Conundrum.” Style. 46: 2 (2012), 161-176.

2009. Jonsson, Emelie. “The Soul of Man Under Socialism: Oscar Wilde, Art and Individualism.” Moderna Språk. 103: 1 (2009), 1-11.

Research interests

Victorian literature, Modernism, Americana, utopias/dystopias, speculative fiction, queer culture, history of science, mythology, evolutionary literary theory, naturalism, moral philosophy/psychology, neuroscience of the imagination, personality psychology, art history, aesthetic theory.


Introduction to American Studies (co-taught), ENG-1120

Introduction to Literature (co-taught), ENG-1122

Introduction to British Studies (co-taught), ENG-1110

Short Fiction in English, ENG-2131 and ENG 3106

Political Satire as Cultural Critique, ENG-2123



August 1 2020 to present. Assistant professor in English literature, University of Tromsø, Norway.

May 2016 to present. Associate editor at the peer-reviewed journal Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, Academic Studies Press. www.esiculture.com

2019, July 2 to July 19. Visiting Professor at Aarhus University, co-teaching the summer course “Sex, Death, and Fiction.”

2015, January to June. Visiting Ph.D. student at The Centre for Biocultural History, Aarhus University. Participation in continuous seminars, presentation of research, co-authorship of a theoretical article. http://bioculture.au.dk/people/


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